The holiday season can be busy and stressful. While you are focusing all your time and energy on the ones you love, it is important to take time for yourself to stay happy & balanced. Use this time to check in with yourself, do your favorite things, enjoy each moment and cherish the reason for this time of year. Here are a few ways to stay happy and balanced through the holidays.
Do the one thing you have always wanted to try
Fear and anxiety set us back from experiencing new things when in reality they can set us free from limiting beliefs about ourselves. This season, pencil in time to do that one thing you have been wanting to try. Maybe join a kickboxing gym, get the haircut, try out that church small group, join the local run club, or pick up guitar playing, etc!
Give your body what it needs
Coping with holiday stress can cause neglect on the body. Weight gain can happen around the holidays but it doesn’t have to. Instead of putting pressure to avoid certain foods, simply limit them to a moderate amount and load up on veggies. You don’t have to deny yourself the slice of pie or bread roll here and there, just make sure vegetables are the main show in your holiday meals. This way you stay happy & balanced by filling up on healthy, nutritious foods before it’s time to splurge on the holiday goodies. Be realistic and do what works for you.
Oftentimes, cocktails go hand-in-hand with the holiday celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you have to gulp down your calories. Try replacing sugary drink mixers with soda water, or indulge in just one of your favorite drinks and then choose a low-cal option for your second. Remember to stay hydrated and drink water.
Living in thanks
Random acts of kindness are one of the best ways to maintain a thankful and happy heart during the holidays. This not only brings joy to others but also to yourself. A few examples of random acts of kindness: paying for a stranger’s coffee, bringing a friend lunch, surprising someone with a gift, or anonymously dropping off flowers at your neighbor’s doorstep. Generosity generates goodness!
Don’t let your everyday tasks turn mundane. Act as if you are doing something for the very first time or that it’s going to be your favorite time doing that task. For example, eat the oatmeal you have every morning like it is the best cup of oatmeal ever. Every action has meaning even if routine, do them passionately. This can help you stay happy & balanced each day, not only during the holiday season.
Be bold with your feelings, tell the people what they mean to you and why you appreciate them. Grateful hearts are never silent, so tell someone you love them for the first time or reassure them for the hundredth time. Tell someone you have always liked their style, even if you don’t know them well. Anything you want to say that can impact a person positively should be said. Be bold.
Gratitude is linked to experiencing greater levels of happiness & balance. Expressing gratitude can help you feel better and more self-confident because your mindset is focused on appreciation and being thankful. Being grateful every day for where you are in life and the people who are a part of it can change your life.
Holidays are supposed to be full of joy. Remember to focus on yourself as well as the ones you love. Check-in with yourself, do your favorite things, enjoy each moment and cherish this time by following these tips to stay happy & balanced through the holidays.
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